I Romeo l8 Bleeding (I8) (Peter Medak. US. I993) Gary Oldman. Lena Olin. Annabella Sciorra. Juliette Lewis. Corrupt cop Jack Grimaldi (Oldman) sells info on people in the Witness Protection Programme to the mob. bagging some extra cash on the way. But the tables are turned when lust draws him from both wife (Sciorra) and mistress (Lewis) to deadly female assassin (Olin). Blacker-than-black comedy. with Britain's bad boy obviously enjoying himself. Ediburgh: Filmhouse.
I The Scent Oi Green W (U) (Tran Anh Ilung. France. I993) Yen-Khe Tran Nu. Man San Lu. Thi Loc Truong. IOI ntins. A young girl arrives in Saigon to become servant to a middle- class family whose house is ﬁlled with undercurrents of tension. Likewise. beneath the film's cloak of shimmering beauty lie valleys of emotion: this is deﬁnitely one worth slowing down for. Fife: Adam Smith.
I Schindler's List ( I 5) (Steven Spielberg. US. I993) Liam Neeson. Ralph Fiennes. Ben Kingsley. I95 rttins. During WW2. German industrialist and Nazi Party member Oskar Schindler saved the lives of over a thousand Jewish employees by demanding they work irt his factory rather than be sent to Auschwitz. Spielberg's magnificent movie and Neeson's performance capture this enigmatic brand of heroism. while depicting traumatic events in documentary-like black-and-whitc images. Psychologically complex. emotionally devastating and artistically impeachable. this is one of the best films ever made. Edinburgh: Cameo. I The Secret Garden (U) (Agnieszka Holland. US. I993) Kate Maberly. Maggie Smith. John Lynch. [02 mins. The unusual combination of the director of Europa Europa and the writer of Edward Seismrlmnds conspires to create an authentic and affecting version of the children's classic novel. Shipped back from India. lonely orphan Mary makes friends with a local lad and her sickly cousin. exerting a magical recuperative process on the latter and a hidden walled garden. Touching and uncontrived. Edinburgh: Filrnhouse. Central: MacRobert. I Serial MOI (I8) (John Waters. US. I994) Kathleen Turner. Sam Waterston. Ricki Lake. 93 mins. Undemeath the apple-pie ideals of the Sutphins’ model suburban home. mom Beverly is going to deadly extremes to keep her farrtily nest feathered. The sickest. funniest American comedy to hop the Atlantic for ages. Waters
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I Shane (U) (George Stevens. L'S. I953) Alan Ladd. Jean Arthur. Van Ileﬂin. IIS rttirts. A stranger rides into towrt. helps a homesteader family fight off a gang of baddies. artd heads off irtto the sunset. A classic western with a touch more emotion than is usual. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Short Cuts ( l8) (Robert Altman. US. I993) Andie MacDowell. Tim Robbins. Lily Tomlin. Tortt Waits. et al. I87 rttins. Long and absorbing. Altman's patchwork approach shifts Raymond Carver's short stories to Los Angeles. a city socially and geologically on the poirtt of falling apart. The stories cross over. character's lives rub together. threads are picked up after receeding for a while — this is classy soap opera at its best. with ﬂawless acting artd construction. Fife: Adam Smith.
I SirensHS) (John Duigan. Atts. I994) Iltrgh Grartt. Tara Fitzgeral. Sam Neill. Elle Macl’herson. 9-1 rttirts. Christian morality meets bohemian expression. English prissiness meets Australian freedom. as a rtewly arrived English curate and his wife visit the home of ‘scandalous' painter Norman Lindsay. Ilugh Grant is his buntblirtg screen self. Tara Fitzgerald perches on the edge of a sexual chasm as his wife. supermodel Elle MacPherson brings an easy. unselfconscious sexuality to it all. Fairly dull. really. but the rtude tableaux add visual appeal. We may rtot know rnuclt about art. but we know what we like. See preview. Glasgow: Odeon. All UCIs.
I Sonatine(18) (Takeshi Kitarto. Japan. I993) ‘Beat‘ Takeshi. Aya Kokumai. 'I'etsu Watanabe. 93 mins. A hitman is sent to Okinawa. ostensibly to sort out a gartg war. but he soon realises he's being set tip fora ltit. More innovative than Tar'antino. ntore controlled than Woo. Takeshi rewrites the book on policier revisionism with this challenging. ﬂirtatious. highly individual movie. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Staggered ( IS) (Martin Clunes. UK. I994) Martin ('lunes. Michael l’raed. Anna Chancellor. 9S rttins. Drugged at his stag night artd dumped naked on a Scottish islartd. Neil (Martin (Tunes) has only a couple of days to get back to London for his wedding. But nasty best man artd supposed best friend Gary (Michael Praed) Itas put plenty more stumbling blocks irt Neil's way. Staggered knocks about front one comic set-
piece to another. with debut director Clunes making a good job of keeping the laughs coming. Edinburgh: Odeort. UCI. Strathclyde: LICI East Kilbride.
I Taxi Driver ( I 8) (Martin Scorsese. US. I976) Robert De Niro. Cybill Shepherd. Jodie Foster. I I4 rttirts. An alienated taxi driver irt New York is so repelled by the squalor artd the moral decay around him that he is driven to terrible violence. One of the key films of the Seventies with the Scorsese-De Niro partnership at its peak. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Thelma & Louise ( l5) (Ridley Scott. US. l99l ) Susan Sarandon. Geena Davis. Harvey Keitel. Michael Madsert. |29 mins. 'I‘lte buddy/road movie genres are turned on their heads as Sarartdort artd Davis grasp the steering wheel and head off leaving a trail of murder artd mayhem irt their wake. On one level. the film is the critical catalyst that had the feminists cheering and put the stars on the cover of Time magazine“. just as irttportantly. it's an accessible piece of entertainment with excellent central performances. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The Thing From Another World (PC) (Christian Nyby. US. I951) Kenneth Tobey. Margaret Sheridan. Robert Cornthwaite. 87 rttitts. Another frortt the honour roll of great sci- fi films. irt which a group of scientists lit the Antartic are confronted by a flying saucer artd its deadly occupant. A superb build-up of tension artd menace. Gorin remade as The Thing irt I982. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Three Colours: White ( 15) (Krzyszlof Kieslowski. France/Switzll’olartd. I993) Zbigniew Zarttachowski. Julie Delpy. Janus). Gajos. 9I rttirts. Another masterful piece of cinema by Kieslowski. rttuclt less lyrical artd vistrally poetic titan his most recent works. This time the theme of the trilogy is ‘equality'. as a Polish hairdresser sets out to get revenge on his French ex-wife. Glasgow: GI’II
I Thumbelina ((3) (Don Bluth. US. 1993) Animator liluth comes close to rivalling Disney with this charming fairy tale filled with little folk. princes. easy-to-t'ollow messages artd a Barry Manilow soundtrack. Young kids will love it and even the cynically hard-hearted may soften. Glasgow: MGMs. Edinburgh: Dominion. MGM. UCI. Strathclyde: L'Cls.
I True Romance ( l8) (Tony Scott. US. I993) Christian Slater. Patricia Arquettc. Dennis Hopper. I I9 mins. (‘otttic bookstore assistant Clarence meets. sleeps with artd man'ies novice hooker Alabartta within a matter of hours. then
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accidentally stolen case of cocaine. Limelight- stealing cameos and writer Quentin Tarantino's verbal set-pieces fire this excellent movie. the epitome of disposable pop culture for the fast- food generation. Glasgow: Grosvenor. Edinburgh: Odeon.
I Until the End of the World ( 15) (Wim Wertders. Germany/USUapart/Australia. I992) Solveig Dommartin. William Ilurt. Sam Neill. ISR mins. After" having been chased across the world by various nefarious types. Claire 'IDIII'IICIII' (Dorrttttartin) artd lover Trevor (Ilurt) end up in art Aussie underground lab. with nuclear arrttageddon around the corner. The sci- ﬁ and ‘female I’rer (it'nr' elements don‘t gel. bttt Wender's flawed er‘k'n'rolI-[xrwered odyssey does ltave its own kind of fascination. Glasgow: GI’I'.
I What's Eating Cilbert Grape? (12) (Lasse llallsttont. US. I993) Johnny I)epp. Juliette Lewis. Leonardo Di Captio. llS ntins. For once. Depp is the sole figure of calm irt art oddball world. the oldest sort in a dysfunctional fantin who live in a neurotic Iowa backwater. ()rtly when holiday-maker Lewis artives does he begin to consider his owrt feelings. With one eye on detail. the other on the abstrrd. director Lasse (My Life At A Dog) Ilallstrortt delivers a sympathetic romance surrounded by American foibles. The acting is superb front all concerned. A low-key wonder. one of the films of the year. Edinburglt: l‘ilmltouse.
I What's Love Got To Do With It? ( 18) (Brian Gibson. I‘S. I993) Angela Bassett. Laurence l-isltburrte. I I8 rttins. The life of Tina Turner presented as inspiration for worttert tryirtg to escape front domestic abuse. While suffering front the usual short cttts and polishings as any biopic wltose subject is still alive. it boasts two rttagnificent certtral perforrttances frortt liassett and l‘TSlilNlI‘lIC. who brings the rigltt level of seductive nastiness to Ike. Songs artd period detail are good. Glasgow: Grosvertor.
I Wild Target (I5) (I’ieti'e Salvadori. France. I993) Jean Rocltefort. Marie ’l'rintignartt. Guillaume Depardieu. 88 rttirts. A professional killer is spotted by a delivery boy as he carries out a hit. but instead of addirtg another body to the pile. he takes on the youngster as an apprentice. l-‘umhlings. accidental corpses. some supposedly bad taste comedy. artd self- parody ensue. At least Guillaume Depardieu. as the ltitman's pupil. manages to look sexier than his old man ever was. Glasgow: GI’I‘.
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